Bearcats arrive in Tuscaloosa

The Cincinnati Bearcats travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend to take on the Tide in a three-game set. The series marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools. <br><br>Bama's Brent Carter (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is set to pitch the opening game.

Weekend Schedule

Date         Game                   Time     Broadcast Info

Fri., 20th  Cincinnati at Alabama  6:30 PM  CTSN, WRTR-FM (105.5)
Sat., 21st  Cincinnati at Alabama  4 PM     WACT-AM (1420)
Sun., 22nd  Cincinnati at Alabama  2 PM     WRTR-FM (105.5)

Promotion

The 2004 Alabama magnetic schedules (Brent Carter, Allen Rice, Taylor Tankerlsey and Zac Welch) will be given away prior to the series opener.

Rankings

Neither team is ranked in this week's polls.

Series

This is the first-ever meeting between Alabama and Cincinnati in baseball. Alabama owns a 185-76 (.709) record against the current Conference USA field.

Since the formation of the league in 1995-96, Alabama has forged a 25-9 (.735) record against C-USA teams.

The Crimson Tide went 3-2 (.600) against C-USA teams last year, beating UAB twice and Houston in the NCAA College Station Regional. UA was also eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by the UH Cougars.

Home Cooking

The Crimson Tide continued its non-conference domination winning its 26th consecutive three-game series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium as it opened the 2004 season last weekend against New Orleans.
  • Alabama came within one out of losing its first non-conference home series in the coach Wells era, before scoring three runs with two outs to pull out a narrow 12-11 win.
  • The Crimson Tide led 7-3 before UNO scored seven runs in the seventh to take a 10-7 lead. After closing the gap to 10-9 in the eighth, Alabama gave up a run without a hit in the ninth to fall behind 11-9.
  • Bama scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, the final two coming on Zac Welch's hard ground ball that caromed off the shoulder of UNO second baseman Ausitn Wasserman, allowing pinch-runner Aaron Tennyson to score from third and Allen Rice to score the winning run from second base.
  • The last time Alabama lost a three-game series at home to a non-SEC team was to Notre Dame in 1994. After winning the opener 5-2, Bama dropped the next two games (5-4, 10-7) to the Irish.
  • Alabama also has 13 series sweeps to its credit in those 26 home series wins over non conference foes.
  • During its current streak, Alabama has lost the first game of the series four times and in all four instances bounced back to take the series.
  • In 1995, Alabama lost the first game to Penn State (4-3) before bouncing back to take the next two games (4-3, 8-0). The PSU series was scheduled for a Saturday-Sunday-Monday series and that series also featured an inside-the-park home run.
  • In 1996, the Crimson Tide dropped a 13-8 decision to UNC Greensboro in the opener before coming back to win the next two games (9-3 and 12-3).
  • In 2000, Alabama lost the first game of the series to both Central Florida and Purdue, but won both series.
  • UCF won the opener 8-5, but Alabama rebounded for 18-4 and 10-5 wins in the final two games.
  • Purdue also claimed the first game (10-9), but fell the next two days (9-4 and 5-0) to Bama.
  • Last year, Alabama blew a 7-2 lead in the sixth inning and lost the series opener 8-7 to SEMO, but rebounded to win the next two games (16-1 and 9-4).

Wells Second on Bama's All-Time Games, Wins List

Alabama head coach Jim Wells ranks second in the school's all-time list for games coached and wins as he enters his 10th season with the Crimson Tide.
  • Currently, Wells has coached 589 games at Alabama since being named head coach on June 4, 1994.
  • Former UA skipper Dr. Barry Shollenberger (1980-94) holds the school record with 804 games during his 15-year career.
  • Wells is 233 games away from tying Shollenberger's school-record mark.
  • Last year, Wells moved into second place on the all-time list for games coached when he surpassed Tilden "Happy" Campbell (1935-42, 1947-63) with his 528th game at Alabama on Feb. 22, 2003. Campbell coached 527 games for the Crimson Tide in his two stints as head coach.
  • In addition, Wells is UA's second winningest coach with 411 career wins at the Capstone.
  • He surpassed Campbell's second-place mark during the 2002 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. He tied the mark with a win over Auburn (6-3) and then moved into sole possession of second place with a 7-4 win over SE Missouri State.
  • Shollenberger is the school's all-time winningest coach with 487 career wins. Wells is now 76 wins shy of tying the school's all-time mark for career victories.

Swing and a Miss

Alabama has struck out 41 times in the first four games, an average of 10.25 per game this season. The Crimson Tide has struck out 10 or more times in three of its first four games, including a season-high 13 strikeouts in a 4-3 loss at Jacksonville State on Feb. 18.
  • Freshman RF Michael McCallister leads the team with 10 strikeouts in 15 at-bats this season. McCallister struck out three times in the loss to JSU.
  • Sophomore C Charlie Lyons has five strikeouts in eight at-bats this season, while freshman SS Greg Paiml has struck out five times in six at-bats in the last two games.
  • Paiml was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the loss to Jax State.

No Free Baseball

Alabama did not play an extra inning game last season, marking the first time since 1991 the Crimson Tide did not play at least one extra inning game. Alabama has gone 84 games without an extra inning game. The last time UA played an extra inning game was May 4, 2002 in an 8-7 loss at Georgia.

Double Dipping

Alabama has compiled a 164-8 (.953) record under since 1995 when scoring 10 or more runs in a game. Coach Wells has compiled a 199-11 (.948) all-time record in 210 games when scoring 10 or more runs, including a 35-3 (.921) slate in his five years at Northwestern State.
  • Over the last three-plus years, Alabama is 56-1 (.982) in its last 57 games when scoring double figures. The lone loss in that stretch was an 18-12 setback to LSU at the Hoover Met during the 2000 SEC Tournament.
  • The Crimson Tide had won 42 consecutive games when scoring 10 or more runs prior to its 11-10 loss at home to LSU on March 30, 2003.
  • Prior to that LSU game the last time Alabama scored double figures and lost was May 18, 2000 in an 18-12 loss to LSU at the SEC Tournament in Hoover.
  • The 42-game winning streak when scoring 10 or more runs was the longest by a Jim Wells coached team.
  • His previous best was 36 consecutive games from 1993-96 at Northwestern State (9-0) and Alabama (27-0).
  • From 1998-2000, Alabama won 31 consecutive games when scoring 10 or more runs, with that streak being snapped in an 11-10 loss to Kentucky at the Joe.
  • Wells opened his UA career by winning his first 27 games when scoring 10 or more runs. The 27-game winning streak was snapped with a 14-13 loss to Clemson in the 1996 College World Series elimination game.
  • From 1993-96, Wells had a 36-game winning streak when his team scored double figures. Northwestern State won nine consecutive games when scoring 10 or more runs before Wells departure. Upon his arrival (1995) at Alabama, he led the Crimson Tide to a 27-game winning streak, increasing his personal streak to 36 games.
  • In 1999, Alabama won all 23 games when scoring double figures.
  • Alabama scored 10 or more runs in four straight games against Kentucky and Samford last season, marking the first time since the 2000 season that UA had scored double figures in four consecutive games.

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